Smudging Ceremony

Posted: October 28, 2016

 

Starting in November, we will begin each day with a Smudging Ceremony:

"THE SMUDGING CEREMONY

Each day, we give thanks for all our gifts. Koluskap taught the Wabanakis how to Smudge. Four Sacred medicines are used, sweetgrass, tobacco, sage, and cedar. Sacred medicines are potent when burned together in a Smudging Ceremony, honor this gift. Begin by Smudging your head, so that your thoughts will focus on compassion and generosity, honor these gifts. Smudge your eyes, so that you will see the beauty of Creation, honor this gift. Smudge your ears, so that you will hear all of Creation, honor this gift. Smudge your nose, so that you will appreciate the smell of Creation, honor this gift. Smudge your mouth, so that you will speak honorably of Creation, honor this gift. Smudge your heart, so that you will love all of Creation, honor this gift. Smudge your hands, so that you will respect all of Creation, honor this gift. Smudge your feet, so that you will always walk the Red Path, honor this gift. This is how Koluskap taught our Ancestors, now it is our turn to pass these teaching on to the ones who are not born yet.

May That Be The Truth!"

From the Sacred Colors, Sacred Plants Student Guide, Department of Education, New Brunswick.

— Moon of the Whirling Wind 98